16 Sacred Symbols that Ooze Positive Energy

 

6. The lotus

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Throughout many cultures over time, the lotus has been a powerful image and a spiritual symbol. In Hindu, Buddhist and Egyptian religions, the lotus is considered a sacred flower. Among its many meanings and significance, the lotus is a symbol of “spontaneous” generation, and so it also represents divine birth, spiritual development and creation itself.

The bud of the lotus symbolizes potential, specifically of a spiritual nature. Because the lotus rises from unclean water to blossom as a pure, uncontaminated flower, it is a symbol of purity and resurrection.

 

7. The Veena

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The veena is often compared to the human body. Its big bowl (kudam) is like the human head. The finger- board that is connected to the curved end with the dragon or yali is compared to the human spinal column. The 25 frets are compared to the vertebrae and the 25 principles in Yoga.

The black wax in which the frets are set is supposedly the illusion that human beings endure. The dragon itself symbolizes the triumph over evil and courage. The pegs or the birudais are the symbol of mind that controls everything.

 

8. Bindi

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Traditionally, the bindi is worn on the forehead of married Hindu women. It symbolizes female energy and is believed to protect women and their husbands. Bindis are traditionally a simple mark made with the paste of colored sandalwood, sindoor or turmeric.

The bindi is most commonly a red dot made with vermilion. In addition, the bindi is a way of accentuating the third eye, the area between the eyebrows where attention is focused during meditation.

 

9. Brahman

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In the Rig Veda, Ultimate Reality is referred to as “the One.” In the Purushasukta, it is “Purusha,” and in the Upanishads it is called “Brahman,” “the One,” and several other names. Most modern Hindus refer to the Ultimate Reality as Brahman.

The Upanishads describe Brahman as “the eternal, conscious, irreducible, infinite, omnipresent, spiritual source of the universe of finiteness and change.” {2} Brahman is the source of all things and is in all things; it is the Self (atman) of all living beings.

 

10. Dhvaja or flag

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Dhvaja, or ‘flag,’ is the orange or red banner flown above temples, at festivals and in processions.

It is a symbol of victory, signal to all that “Sanatana Dharma shall prevail.” Its color betokens the sun’s life-giving glow.

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